Iowa Wesleyan baseball sweeps Cornell College
MT. VERNON — The Iowa Wesleyan College baseball team picked up two big victories on Monday at Cornell College, moving over .500 on the season with the wins.
The Tigers commanded game one, defeating the Rams, 7-2. The Tigers then squeaked out a game two win, 5-4. The Tigers up their record 15-14 on the season.
Christian Vigil picked up the win for the Tigers in game one, pitching four innings. Vigil allowed just one earned run on three hits, striking out one and walking two.
Louis Rivera and Ryan Daniels each had two RBIs in the game one win for the Tigers. Rivera went 2-for-3, scoring once as well. Daniels was 2-for-4, also reaching home once.
In game two, Iowa Wesleyan College jumped out to a 3-0 lead at by the end of three innings. However, the Rams charged back with a two-run homer off Keith Bullock in the bottom of the fourth and scoring two more in the fifth to take a 4-3 lead over the Tigers.
Vincent Cambruzzi came in for Bullock and shut the Rams down in the inning. Cambruzzi pitched a perfect 2 2/3 innings, allowing no hits and striking out two to get the win.
The Tigers manufactured the game winning runs in the top of the seventh inning. After Michael Reed and Nathan Strusz both singled to put runners on first and second, Jeffrey Burdett had a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third. Jacob Neilson then doubled to left center, knocking in both Reed and Strusz for what would be the game winner.
Neilson went 2-for-4 with three RBIs in game two. Daniels was 1-for-2 with two RBIs.
The Tigers play again today (Wednesday), heading to Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo., for a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m.
They then finish out the regular season with back-to-back doubleheaders at Ashford University in Clinton on Friday and Saturday.